OSHA has promulgated the Final Rule for Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training [29 CFR 1910.178(l)], which became effective March 1, 1999. The standard requires operator training and licensing as well as periodic evaluations of operator performance. The standard also addresses specific training requirements for truck operation, loading, seat belts, overhead protective structures, alarms, and maintenance of industrial trucks. Refresher training is required if the operator is observed operating the truck in an unsafe manner, is involved in an accident or near miss, or is assigned a different type of truck.

OSHA estimates that tens of thousands of employees are injured or killed annually due to forklift accidents. In 1999, because of serious concerns about forklift accidents, injuries and deaths, OSHA updated its regulation regarding Powered Industrial Trucks.

Previews Online

The video is 18 minutes and addresses the major areas needed to comply with the OSHA regulations, including:
  • Contents of the OSHA standard
  • Types & characteristics of forklifts
  • Pre-operational inspections of forklifts
  • Basic driving, stability and load handling
  • Fuels & batteries
  • Attachments